Bayside Area Library Hosts Election Day Block Party, 50th Anniversary Celebration

Free programs, crafts, music and more

Thursday, October 26, 2017

As part of its fourth annual Election Day Block Party, Virginia Beach's Bayside Area Library branch is celebrating its 50th anniversary, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children's activities, some with '60s themes harkening back to when the branch opened, include lava lamp and flower headband crafts, a space exploration room, moon bounce, face-painting, a strolling magician, police and fire vehicles, games, and local costumed characters including the Chick-fil-A Cow.

Adults will find their own fun with activities including a scavenger hunt, macramé craft and bingo. Everyone will enjoy performances by the U.S. Navy TRADOC Band, Bayside High School dance group and School of Rock. Photos and mementos highlighting the library's 50-year history will be on display.

Cake and light refreshments will be served while supplies last. Pizza will be available to purchase on site from Taz's Pizzeria.

Bayside Area Library is located at 936 Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 385-2680.

Bayside Area Library – Historic Highlights

1966 - Groundbreaking; Chesapeake Beach Woman's Club gives $15,000 for reference room
1967 - Ribbon cutting and grand opening
1971 - Branch becomes sub-regional library for The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
1987 - General reference moves to Central Library
2000 - City of Virginia Beach purchases land from Sentara Enterprises to relocate Bayside Library and 3rd Police Precinct
2003 - Groundbreaking for new location
2006 - Ribbon cutting and dedication for new building
2009 - Branch receives Network Library of the Year Award from NLS
2014 - Inaugural Election Day Block Party

About Virginia Beach Public Library
A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit for more information.

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